Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Have you ever heard the phrase: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning"? Well this book is the embodiment of that aphorism. Karen and Georgia have gotten quite famous from their podcast, My Favorite Murder. But this book isn't about murders (mostly.) It's a memoir and advice book. Which also means if you're not familiar with the podcast, that's fine.

A joint memoir is unusual, and so they've structured it differently. They've picked some of their favorite pieces of advice and each told a story related to why that's a life suggestion they push. And the two of them, Georgia in particular, have some less-than-good stories in their pasts. Between drugs, eating disorders, and just plain old bad decisions, they've made a lot of mistakes so you don't have to. Along the way, they're really funny, but also really open and honest about their lives. At the end of several of the chapters, Georgia asks Karen some questions about the topic, and there are occasional sidebars. Even while talking about harrowing events, they keep the humor dialed in. Which is what they're famous for. On their podcast they talk about death and murder and rape, but they do it in a way that is simultaneously respectful and filled with fun (mostly that's the part of the podcast before they specifically start talking about murders but not exclusively.)

If you're a fan, you must read this. But if you want to hear about growing up in the '70s and '80s in California, about the entertainment industry (sadly, no name dropping), and about two women who went through some shit and came out the other side, this is a great and fun book for that. Heck, it would even make a good graduation gift! For your gothier young women.

This book is published by Forge, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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